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John P. Seiler (born May 27, 1963) is an American politician and 41st Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to this he was a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, from 2000 to 2008 representing District 92 which is located in Broward County, Florida.[3][4]

Contents

1 Political career

1.1 Wilton Manors 1.2 Fort Lauderdale

1.2.1 Homeless initiatives

2 References 3 External links

Political career[edit] Wilton Manors[edit] Seiler moved to Wilton Manors, Florida, around 1988.[2] Seiler served as city council member and then vice mayor of Wilton Manors from 1993 to 1998.[3] In 1998, Seiler was elected mayor of Wilton Manors, defeating incumbent King Wilkinson who had been accused of making homophobic comments.[1] Fort Lauderdale[edit] Seiler was a candidate to succeed term-limited[5] Jim Naugle
Jim Naugle
in the 2009 mayoral election for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was elected February 10, 2009, winning against three opponents with more than 57 percent of the vote,[6] avoiding a run-off election.[7] Analysis of the race suggests Seiler won because of high name recognition and strong fundraising[5] that exceeded $250,000.[8] Seiler was sworn in March 17, 2009.[9] On January 31, 2012, Seiler was reelected with 75% of the vote in a three-way race.[10] Homeless initiatives[edit] In November 2014, Seiler received nationwide attention;[11] reports that Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old World War II veteran had been arrested for feeding the homeless in public, in Fort Lauderdale went viral. The New York Times reports that "Fort Lauderdale, despite a reputation for being more progressive than most Florida cities on homelessness, passed a series of measures that surprised and drew the ire of homeless activists." The measure further restricting food distribution in public places loosened restrictions on feeding in private or religious buildings. Other new measures tightened restrictions on panhandling, having property and sleeping in public, but the Mayor says his city is not harsh on homeless people, reported the Times. While video available on YouTube shows Arnold Abbott and ministers being taken away in police custody, the Mayor states that Mr Arnold had not been arrested, but rather was detained, cited, and ordered to appear in court.[12][13] Those cited face possible jail time and have taken the city to court to fight the ordinance.[14] References[edit]

^ a b James, Meg; Bousquet, Steve. "Time for a Change, Voters Say". The Miami
Miami
Herald. March 12, 1998. ^ a b Heit, Jennifer. "Lawyer, 29, Gets Manors Council Seat". Sun Sentinel. April 18, 1993. ^ a b "Rep. John P. "Jack" Seiler". Florida House of Representatives. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  ^ Lyons, Doug (2007-07-02). "Who will succeed Jack Seiler?". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  ("Next year will be state Rep. Jack Seiler's last year in the Florida House ...") ^ a b Sherman, Amy (2009-02-11). " Jack Seiler
Jack Seiler
wins race for Fort Lauderdale mayor". The Miami
Miami
Herald. Retrieved 2009-02-11. [dead link] ^ Man, Anthony (2009-02-10). "Jack Seiler, Fort Lauderdale's new mayor: "It feels great"". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  ^ Wallman, Brittany (2009-02-10). "Seiler crushes opponents in Ft. Lauderdale mayoral win, Rodstrom will get second term". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  ^ Wallman, Brittany (2009-02-09). " Jack Seiler
Jack Seiler
tops $250,000 in contributions for Lauderdale mayor's race". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-02-11.  ^ Sherman, Amy (2009-03-17). "Fort Lauderdale commission swearing-in marks changing of the guard". The Miami
Miami
Herald. Retrieved 2009-03-17. [dead link] ^ "Presidential Preference Primary and Municipal Elections: 1/31/2012". Broward Country Supervisor of Elections. Retrieved November 4, 2012.  ^ http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F05h338g ^ http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/11/06/3589693/ft-lauderdale-arrest-feeding-homeless/ ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/13/us/florida-finds-tricky-balance-over-feeding-of-the-homeless.html?_r=0 ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/04/justice/florida-feeding-homeless-charges/

External links[edit]

"Mayor John P. "Jack" Seiler". City of Fort Lauderdale.  "John P. Jack Seiler
Jack Seiler
for Mayor - Ft. Lauderdale". Official Campaign Website.  Follow the Money - John P. Seiler

2006 2004 2002 2000 State Representative campaign contributions

Political offices

Preceded by Jim Naugle Mayor of Fort Lauderdale 2009–present Incumbent

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Mayors of cities with populations exceeding 100,000 in Florida

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Lenny Curry
(R) (Jacksonville) Tomás Regalado (R) (Miami) Bob Buckhorn
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(D) (Tampa) Buddy Dyer
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(D) (Orlando) Rick Kriseman (D) (St. Petersburg) Carlos Hernández (R) (Hialeah) Andrew Gillum (D) (Tallahassee) Jack Seiler
Jack Seiler
(D) (Fort Lauderdale) Gregory J. Oravec (D) (Port St. Lucie) Marni Sawicki (D) (Cape Coral) Frank C. Ortis (D) (Pembroke Pines) Peter Bober (D) (Hollywood) Wayne M. Messam (D) (Miramar) Lauren Poe (D) (Gainesville) Vincent Boccard (R) (Coral Springs) Oliver Gilbert III (D) ( Miami
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Gardens) George Cretekos (R) (Clearwater) Guillermo "William" Capote (D) (Palm Bay) Lamar Fisher (D) (Pompano Beach) Jeri Muoio (D) (West Palm Beach) Howard Wi

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